LONDON (Reuters) – Air France-KLM remains strongly interested in TAP and the acquisition of a stake in the Scandinavian carrier SAS will have no impact on its ability to take part in the privatization of the Portuguese airline, an official said on Thursday. spokesperson for the Franco-Dutch group.

The Portuguese government plans to sell a stake of at least 51% of the capital of the public company. Air France-KLM but also the German Lufthansa and the IAG group, owner of British Airways, have expressed their interest.

SAS, which has undertaken a vast restructuring to emerge from serious financial difficulties, announced on Tuesday that Air France-KLM and the investment companies Castlelake and Lind Invest would become the new owners of the airline alongside the Danish state . The investment by Air France-KLM, which is expected to take a maximum stake of 19.9% ​​in SAS, will represent, according to the group, a total of 144.5 million dollars (137.4 million euros).

(Joanna Plucinska, Sergio Goncalves, written by Jean-Stéphane Brosse, edited by Kate Entringer)

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